We’ll lead this post with passing out some sincere and well deserved accolades to the South West Washington Community Foundation for planning and executing a great community wide event on Sept 18th – Give More 24! Designed to create a much wider reach to community members who might not attend the many fundraising events we see every week. The final total for this 24 hour event was over 475,000 dollars. Wow!
In addition the past two weeks the Community Foundation has transitioned into new office space moving from Officers Row where they were housed for over a decade into the Esther Short building just west of Esther Short park. This property was acquired in the spring of 2014 from the City of Vancouver by David Copenhaver of Acorn Acquisitions.
Copenhaver is partnering with Davidson Insurance, LSW Architects and Stryker Financial in ownership of the building. The building has been completely redone in the interior ( by Terry Fredriksen so you know it is spectacular) and the exterior with beautiful new landscaping and a fantastic community room. This is one of several projects Acorn is developing in our downtown core.
The move by the Community Foundation is one step in a larger strategic plan to raise the visibility of the Foundation within our community. The ultimate goal ; Create significant growth in their capacity to stimulate giving and create funds that can be used to tackle generational poverty issues.
With Give More 24! being the first major initiative in this process – we think they are off to a great start, and look forward with anticipation to watching the next few years unfold.
We at Coldwell Banker Commercial were honored to be part of the search and negotiating team that helped Jennifer Rhoads and her team select this spot and again send many kudos their way.